All dog parents know the secret words that will get some sort of reaction from their dogs. To get my doggo’s attention, my go-tos are, “You want: Food? A treat? To go home?” But more often than not the most fail safe way to get Benji to come to me is to say another dog’s name in a happy, high-pitched voice.
A study conducted by Barnard College found the top 35 words that dog parents tend to use when they are playing with/interacting with their pup. They also found that women tend to be more hands-on and vocal in these play interactions.
According to the DailyMail:
The videos were submitted from all over the world, representing 19 countries with a mix of urban, suburban, and rural habitats.
Of course it comes as no surprise that the most used phrase/words were, “good and the dog’s name.”
Perhaps it’s time to expand our dogtionary and say things like, “You’re an exceptional canine.”